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DEFINITLY RED takes Many Clouds Chase at Aintree

Definitly Red & Andy

DEFINITLY RED made all and put in an exceptional round of jumping to take the Grade 2, 188bet.co.uk Many Clouds Chase at Aintree yesterday.

Given a great ride by Danny Cook, they jumped off in front of their three rivals and went a sensible gallop in the testing conditions as sleet and snow flurries came and went during the three mile, one furlong contest.

Allowed to dictate the pace, Danny started to increase the tempo seven fences from home and Red continued to respond. With Cloudy Dream moving up into contention approaching two out, Red put in another massive leap, got away from the fence well and soon put a few lengths between himself and the grey.

He pinged the last and stayed on strongly to the line to come home seven lengths clear of Cloudy Dream. Flying Angel was a further eight lengths back in third with Alpha Des Obeaux another five lengths back bringing up the rear.

It was a superb performance and a great ride by Danny. And we are all chuffed to bits.

Congratulations to owners Phil and Julie Martin and well done to Andy (Robertson) who rides him at home everyday. Red lives down in the open-air stables which are designed very much like a field shelter, a stable without doors with a small-railed turnout area directly in front. His neighbour is Forest Bihan! And he is also under the watchful eye of Ally who does a fantastic job.

Jessica has been running the yard while Brian and Claire have been away and it’s a great result. A great team-effort.

Talking to the reporters afterwards, Brian said: “He was brilliant today, his jumping was immaculate, that's what won him it. We knew the others might have stamina worries so Danny could be aggressive on him.

“I don't know where we'll go next, we could even look for a three-mile hurdle for him somewhere. We'll give him plenty of time to get over this, but I'd say we won't be aiming at Cheltenham. The plan will be to come back to Aintree in April for the Grade One Bowl, I think."